Wait a minute folks...I'm not saying there are not headphones that create better bass...and the Sonys I have are considerably cheaper and considerably older(10 Years).
Even the SR80 pushes out fairly solid(though it exagerates the mid bass)bass. Especially considering the money. However they do what Paradigm does IMO which is to exagerate both frequency extremes...producing both extremes well enough but horribbly thinning out the midband.
I don't doubt the Senns concern themselves with the midrange...that's where 90-95% of music resides...I would take that over the 5%-10% at the frequency extremes while compromising the mid-band. Hey, but that's why I bought them even over some more expensive models. Others may have other requirements.
One thing...I happen to love standmounts and electrostats...and so Bass is not as much of concern to me...though there is more bass in the hd600 than in all but a few standmounts and electrostats. The HD600 is the only headphone for sane money IMO that has the electrostat sound...indeed SOME electrostatic headphones are weaker...because they have even less bass again.
Up until the late 1970s the frequency range was considered to be 40Hz - 15Khz...which covered the vast majority of human hearing. While there are exceprtions...bass is often felt more than heard...headphones don't give that sense of *feeling* of bass from big ass speakers anyway - and the handfull of good Classical or Jazz recordings which extend below even 40Hz is not that common(techno or rap maybe...but the HD600s were not designed for that)...Sony sure did not convince me.
BTW I like my Sonys...for the money they are quite solid. A little hollow in the upper frequencies and fuzzy at the bottom end but overall reasonably accurate...I guess that's why they got 5 stars from What Hi-Fi...the only Sony that year I believe.
|I think if you audition cans very briefly or aren't too experienced with good audio equipment, you can be easily be misled into thinking loud midbass= good bass response (look at all those honda civic hatchbacks out there) , but i doubt too many experienced Headfi-zers would fall for that trick...
The car example is a bad one...but I disagree...the best of us get tricked on things when the senses are involved...DBTs on speakers confirm that people choose different speakers when they can't see which one is playing...looks, price, and pre-conceived notions of brand names, or reviewers effect buying. Paradigm models continually use this trick...which works well for H/T because you want boomy bass and earpiercing highs...listen to classical music and you'll be upgrading within the week. Yet many Audiophiles buy Paradigm??? Probably because Sound and Vision or Stereophile Raved...What-HiFi and Hi Fi Choice were so-so and UHF magazine is still waiting for Paradigm to build something that Paradigm is brave enough to send.
But, Then people swear by Paradigm...it may be that the speaker is offerring something they are looking for...the frequency extremes are appealing...even to me on occasion...but, frankly I prefer a speaker that delivers Music well over a speaker that can deliver a certain set of notes well.